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Monico Movies new year programme

Rhiwbina’s communtiy cinema, Monico Movies, has announced its programme for early 2017.

It includes feel-good comedy Pride, and Bogart and Bergman in the all-time classic Casablanca. The half- term children’s matinee is the animation Song Of The Sea, and there’s also the comic and touching true story Florence Foster Jenkins.

14th January- Pride (15). A true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the miners’ strike in 1984. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the support due to the union’s worries about being associated with the group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities.

18th February- Casablanca (U). In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan….

18th February matinee – Song Of The Sea (PG). This superb Irish animation is a treat; an enchanting and very moving family film. The story is rooted in Irish folklore, with selkies, giants and faeries slipping in and out of a tale of a vanished mother, a grieving father, and two lost but resourceful children trying to make their way home. Ben and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

11th March – Florence Foster Jenkins (PG). The story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. She always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall, but an injury in her youth thwarted that dream. So she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall knowing the only way to get there would be “Practice Practice Practice”.

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